WASHINGTON (FOX 5 DC) - D.C.’s Attorney General and city lawmakers are pledging to make changes after a video surfaced showing a nine-year-old being handcuffed by a police officer Monday in Northwest.
AG Karl Racine’s office says it will review best practices for police dealing with children.
At least two city council members say, however, that if they’re still not satisfied, they will introduce bills to prevent children from being handcuffed.
Ward 6 Council Member and head of the public safety committee Charles Allen called the video disturbing, and said in a letter to the police chief, “Even if the officers involved followed MPD policies and protocols, the response was individually and systematically unacceptable.”
He called for government leaders to come up with a better system that doesn’t involve police intervention or use of force for children.
At-Large Council Member Robert White Jr. tweeted that recent arrests of black children are appalling and said it’s time to change the policy.
“What happened there was absolutely unnecessary as a parent it was devastating to me. I imagine what my reaction would be if I saw one of my children being treated like this by the people who really are here to protect them and for this young man and his friends, I have to understand the impact that that's going to have on them and their trust of the police,” White said.
“When I read the police guidelines, unfortunately, they say that even if a child is detained and arrested you handcuff them. That is not OK. That is not right and so we need to see not just a change but we need to see it happen aggressively and urgently.”
The officer who handcuffed the child is under investigation for his actions but remains on the streets carrying out his duties.
Police have still not provided reports from the incident, even 48 hours later.